Friday, 15 June 2012

30 Minute Cushion Covers

I've been wanting to buy some cushions for my living room for a while now but haven't been able to justify spending $10-20 each on them from various furnishing shops. I remembered yesterday that I have some pretty fabric put away that will work well with the colours in the living room.

Polyester fabric with pretty design
What you will need:
-Sewing machine
-Cotton thread in appropriate colour
-Tape measure
-Cushion insert
-Enough fabric for the number of cushions you want to make (see measurements below)

Edges folded in and ready to sew

This project cost me:
-$7.00 for 2 cushion inserts
-$2.00 for 1 metre of fabric I picked up on sale a few years ago
TOTAL: $9.00 for 2 cushions

Cut a length of your fabric the width of your cushion insert (+ 1.5 inches for seam allowance) and two and a half times as long as the length of your insert. As my insert was 14 inches, I cut my fabric 15.5 inches by 35 inches.
Finished covers ready for insert

Turn over the short ends of the fabric twice to hide the raw edges. Sew. Once ends are edged, fold them in, right sides together, so that they overlap and form a square (hopefully 14 inches wide in my case). Pin and sew down both sides with a 0.5 inch seam allowance.
Turn cushion cover the right way and stuff the insert inside. The back should close nicely over the insert to hide it without needing buttons or a zip.

I made two cushion covers using this method in under 30 mins. For very little money and a little effort I now have two beautiful, cheap cushions for my living room.

The finished product

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